Exploding out of the gates with their fourth music video, Melbourne pop-punk gang Loose End display an impressive amount of growth on “Jordan Street”, their latest single and music video from the upcoming EP “Overthinking Everything I Know”, landing November 30th.
Lyrically it focuses on growing up, the difficulty of moving on to find happiness and achieve aspirations and residing somewhere in between. It ends up being quite a profound statement backed with a well produced and easy to digest musical backing. While that could have the effect of having it blend in to a crowd so to speak, it avoids stigma by way of clever lyrical rhythms, excellent usage of words in a poetic form and instrument tones that are genuinely interesting to listen to.
This is no surprise as the song was produced and recorded by the well known Chris Vernon (of Better Half) and his skills have truly lent strength to the band. Performed by Mitch Parry and Ben Schmidt, the beautifully spanky clean guitar tones act as a great emotional set up for the tracks poetic nature. These are juxtaposed with heavily layered dirty guitars that have are anthemic in arrangement and composition. The piano-like bass of Jack Smith had me grinning like a mad idiot, personally I love it when an engineer gets that tone right as it makes or breaks the overall sound of a recording and this has bass harmonics springing around like crazy. The drums have a great feel to them provided by Jackson Trudel, switching pacing for emphasis during the choruses to ensure the impact of the band as a whole lands right in feels town, population: you. I also think the drum tones sound great. Saving the best for last, the vocals of Ben Smalley are executed with confidence and prose. For me, this vocal style usually ends up tip toeing a fine line between melodramatic and boring however I ended up revelling in the honesty of the lyrical content and it’s strong, thought out delivery.
Overall, there is a lot of wonderful usage of tone with little compromise in that regard. The playing of all the instruments is relatively simple and unobtrusive to the point of the song and while I think a little more movement in the rhythm section could have been an improvement, that is hardly a criticism.
To go along with the track is the masterful clip by Aidan Rice. Kicking off with a fade in, it begins with a child wearing a makeshift spaceman helmet on playground equipment swinging about very happily, cutting to him running around in a red spaceship prop and then drawing them… this kid is all about space. The visuals then cut to Smalley writing in a journal with the kids helmet seen on the desk, and then skateboarding down a street wearing the helmet and matching costume. As the clip continues, there are hints of sadness scattered about, the one that got me the most was, as the line “why must we say goodbye” was being sung, a picture of an elderly couple was placed onto a wall. When paying close attention to the clips subtleness, you get a real sense of longing with a dense story to go along with it that speaks to the heart in an open and honest way. It makes for an emotional experience.
In sum, Loose End have proven on “Jordan Street” why they are worth your time. They have put a lot of effort into creating something with honesty, meaning and substance. It will be very interesting (at least to me personally) to hear what the remainder of “Overthinking Everything I Know” will be like.